The midfield maestro had the tournament of his life and reminded everyone what a talented player he is. In his first game against spain he controlled the play before using his fantastic vision to setup Antonio Di Natale with a perfectly weighted pass. This was followed by an outstanding first half performance against Croatia where he scored a fabulous curling free kick to give his Italian team the lead. However his high performance levels didn’t stop rising. In the quarter final match against England he dominated the game in midfield and as the minutes ticked on everything started to revolve around him. The game went to penalties and given the fact that his confidence was sky high it was no surprise that he was to take a spot kick. If there was anyone who needed reminding of Pirlo’s talent this penalty was the perfect act. He stepped up with purpose as if to hit the ball powerfully leaving Joe hart diving to his right hand side. Pirlo then simply chipped the ball into the goal displaying nerves of steel. Italy went on to reach the final thanks to Pirlo’s guidance, where they were eventually defeated by Spain. Pirlo is an artist; he plays the game beautifully. Pirlo is a magician; he setup his team mates with magical passes. And finally Pirlo is an Olympian; his positive spirit and effort are unquestionable.

Iniesta is the heart beat of the Spanish immortals. His slick passing and confident dribbling always brings out the best in everybody. His contribution in 2010 World Cup, scoring the winning goal was unquestionable. Although in this competition his level of performances wasn’t quite kept up, he still was a major reason for Spain’s success. Iniesta did not score any goals this tournament which may have disappointed him slightly, nevertheless he still set up a vast amount of goals, most noticeably helping his team mate Fernando Torres bag the golden boot.

Does Iniesta’s side success in the competition give him the edge or has Pirlo achieved more with weaker and more inexperienced team? Decide by voting now. ( voting closes on the 16th july)

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